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Lhasa Apso

A sonorous bark that frightens intruders

Lhasa Apso
origin:Tibet
life expectancy:12-14 years
classification:Non-sporting
height:25 to 28 cm
weight:6 to 7 kg
exercise: Undemandingtraining: Reasonableclimate: Coldin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Undemandingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Lhasa Apso, is a small breed of dog native of Tibet  probably originated from Lhasa, the capital, after which the breed was named. According to recent DNA analysis results the Lhasa Apso is one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds. Their long coats, with hair falling down their eyes, protected the breed from the freezing temperatures of Tibet. For nearly two thousand years the breed was bred exclusively inTibet by the aristocratic Tibetan society and were considered sacred, once when its master died, his soul was thought to enter the Lhasa Apso´s body. To be presented with a Lhasa Apso was to be blessed with good fortune. They were kept as indoor guards in monasteries and dwellings due to their acute hearing and instincts for identifying friends from strangers. In their native country Lhasa Apsos are called Abso Seng Kye, the "Bark Lion Sentinel Dog", because of their aggressive barking at unfamiliar sounds or people. Lhasa Apsos were so prized prized inTibet that the Dalai Lama would present them to visiting foreign diplomats, which helped spread the breed to other parts of the world.
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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Lhasa Apso is a small dog, with a very long coat, straight coat, with hair cascading from the head over its eyes and a head that is much like the head of one of the smaller terriers. The Body, well ribbed up and with a strong loin, is a little bit longer than the height at the shoulder blades, but not as long as to make the breed prone to a weakened spine. Quarters and thighs are well-developed. The forelegs are straight and both forelegs and hind legs are heavily furnished with hair. The feet, round and catlike, with good pads, are well feathered. The Head has long, heavy hair that fall over eyes, a dark beard and a mustache. The skull narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed. The muzzle is medium-length, but not square with black pigmentation on eye rims and a black nose. Eyes are dark brown, deep-set, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk. The heavy feathered ears are Pendant. The tail is well feathered and is carried over its back in a screw. The double coathas a long, heavy, straight, hard and very dense, not silky nor woolly and draps over his entire body to the floor.  The undercoat is soft. Lhasa Apsos come in a variety of colours thant range from gold to gray. Gold, cream, and honey are the most popular colours. Puppys may change colour as they grow.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Lhasa Apso is a happy and assertive, Intelligent and lively dog,  wary of strangers but very affectionate and devoted to their masters. They tend to be alert and have an acute hearing and a rich, sonorous bark which gives the impression to intruders of a much larger dog. They are willful and need training from puppywood and a dominant master. They may fight other dogs of the household an are good with older, considerate children, for they will not tolerate rough playing. Lhasa Apsos can be noisy and may be too nervous around children and strangers but they make good watchdogs and an attractive and engaging family dog.
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Health [ edit ]

Lhasa Apsos are generally a very healthy breed. They may suffer from skin problems if the coat is not kept free of parasites. They have a slight tendency to eye and kidney problems, hip dysplasia and bleeding ulcers.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Tibetan monks hold Lhasa Apsos in high esteem for they believed that Lhasas were reincarnated lions. Golden Lhasas were said to house the souls of the Dalai Lamas.
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i like this dog
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